DENR warns legislators about impact of bill

July 1, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is urging state lawmakers not to support a Senate bill that would eliminate air-quality monitors throughout the state and loosen other regulations for air and water quality and recycling. Supporters of the bill say it promotes more business-friendly policies.

House, Senate leaders agree to 45-day budget extension

June 30, 2015


The N.C. Senate is expected to approve Tuesday a measure that will allow the state to continue funding programs at current spending levels until Aug. 14. The House approved the budget extension Monday night. The budget deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

McCrory to wait on Medicaid expansion

June 29, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. McCrory said he won't push for an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina until more research is available from states that have already expanded the health-benefits program. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week validated subsidies offered by states, including North Carolina, that allowed the federal government to run their ACA health exchanges.

Industry groups wary of Senate budget plan

June 26, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Leaders of the N.C. Biosciences Organization and the N.C. Technology Association support the state Senate's proposal to lower corporate and personal income taxes, but say provisions such as ending the R&D tax credit and cutting funding for the N.C. Biotech Center will stifle innovation.
Related: Hospitals, colleges lobby against Senate tax plan; NC Senate provision could raise bank taxes


Senate budget cuts retirement health plans for future state employees

June 25, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Senate's budget proposal would eliminate retiree health coverage for any government employee hired after Jan. 1, 2016. Current state employees, who are eligible for free health-care coverage after 20 years of service, would not be affected.
Also: McCrory signs bill giving vets in-state college tuition,
McCrory hits trouble with plan to pay for roads by borrowing

McCrory calls for DMV to stop issuing plates with Confederate flag

June 24, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday the state should stop issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag. McCrory joins a growing list of southern leaders demanding removal of the flags and flag emblems after photos surfaced of Dylann Roof, the South Carolina man accused of killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, posing with the flag.

Pender County approves 34% tax hike

June 24, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Pender County commissioners approved a 34% property-tax increase to help pay for infrastructure improvements in the rapidly growing coastal county. The owner of a $250,000 home will pay about $1,700, up from $1,225 annually.

NC Senate budget plan: Urban v. rural

June 23, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Larger metro areas including Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh would lose millions of dollars in sales tax revenue under the N.C. Senate's proposed budget, while rural counties would see a boost in funding.

No decision yet on jobs incentives

June 22, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

It could take weeks of negotiations between the N.C. House and Senate before a bill on business incentives makes its way to Gov. Pat McCrory. The Senate proposal would cap incentives at $15 million each year but would make more funds available for companies creating at least 2,000 jobs and investing at least $750 million. The Senate plan also would award higher payouts to companies locating in poorer counties while reducing the amount of JDIG money available to companies adding jobs in urban counties.

NC lawmakers unlikely to set budget by July 1

June 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger indicated state lawmakers won't approve a new state budget by the time the new fiscal year begins on July 1. "I'm expecting to be here until Labor Day," House budget co-chairman Chuck McGrady said.